Proposed Denton fracking ban to be debated at public meeting



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Posted on June 3, 2014 at 10:00 PM

Updated Tuesday, Jun 3 at 10:23 PM

DENTON — The Denton City Council officially accepted a petition ordinance on Tuesday night which calls for an outright ban on fracking within city limits.

A public hearing will be held in mid-July. After that, the Council can vote for or against the ordinance. Voters will likely have the final say if the ordinance is rejected by the Council.

"It's been a long hard climb for us to get here," said Sharon Wilson, one of the main petition organizers.

Last month, organizers submitted a petition with nearly 2,000 signatures. The City Secretary's office ratified more than 600 of them last week.

"We’ve actually gotten a lot folks on Twitter and Facebook around the world sending us notes of solidarity,” said Adam Briggle, one of the petition supporters.

Although there has been a recent pushback against fracking in Denton, some residents worry about the economic message a full ban would convey to the oil and gas industry.

"I'm in support of energy and oil companies," said Christen Walker, who attends UNT as a graduate student. "You just need to be careful."

 Currently, Denton has more than 270 oil and gas wells in operation, according to city data.